Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell

By Tom Bissell

A profound and relocating trip into the guts of Christianity that explores the mysterious and infrequently paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles—a booklet either for these of the religion and for others who search to appreciate Christianity from the skin in.
 
Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John: Who have been those males? What was once their dating to Jesus? Tom Bissell offers wealthy and fabulous solutions to those historical, elusive questions. He examines not only who those males have been (and weren’t), but in addition how their identities have taken form over the process millennia.
 
finally, Bissell reveals that the tale of the apostles is the tale of early Christianity: its competing types of Jesus’s ministry, its numerous schisms, and its final evolution from an vague Jewish sect to the worldwide religion we all know at the present time in all its types and variations. In his quest to appreciate the underpinnings of the world’s biggest faith, Bissell embarks on a years-long pilgrimage to the intended tombs of the Twelve Apostles. He travels from Jerusalem and Rome to Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, India, and Kyrgyzstan, vividly taking pictures the wealthy variety of Christianity’s all over the world succeed in. alongside the way in which, he engages with a number of characters—priests, paupers, a Vatican archaeologist, a Palestinian taxi driving force, a Russian monk—posing sharp questions that variety from the spiritual to the philosophical to the political.
 
Written with heat, empathy, and infrequent acumen, Apostle is a super synthesis of shuttle writing, biblical background, and a deep, lifelong courting with Christianity. the result's an strange, erudite, and now and then hilarious book—a spiritual, highbrow, and private experience healthy for believers, students, and wanderers alike.

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